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Apple Has to Pay €13 billion Bill In Taxes

This is Apple’s Jisos Is lord” moment
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Today, the European Commission has ordered Apple to pay up to €13 billion in tax payments. This is the first time the European Union has ordered a company to pay this much.  According to Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, who announced the figure at a European Commission press conference

“Member states cannot give tax benefits to selected companies — this is illegal under EU state aid rules, the commission’s investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years. In fact, this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1% on its European profits in 2003 down to 0.005 per cent in 2014.”

The investigation, launched in 2014, discovered that Apple routed 90% of its overseas profits through its two Irish subsidiaries, including Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe.
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Both Apple and the Irish government have said they will fight against today’s ruling. “The decision leaves me with no choice but to seek cabinet approval to appeal,” said Michael Noonan, Ireland’s finance minister. “This is necessary to defend the integrity of our tax system; to provide tax certainty to business, and to challenge the encroachment of EU state aid rules into the sovereign member state competence of taxation.”
Apple has also indicated that the latest move by EU would affect how much it invests in Europe and how many people it employs in the region.
“Apple follows the law and pays all of the taxes we owe wherever we operate. We will appeal, and we are confident the decision will be overturned.”
Immediately the news broke, Apple’s share price fell by 1.6% in premarket trading.
Source:  Reuters.

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5 comments on “Apple Has to Pay €13 billion Bill In Taxes

  1. Adeniji Micheal says:

    €13 billion .. Bcos of illegal tax benefit given to Apple… Am very sure they won’t pay up to that amount …

  2. Yomi says:

    I am about to say “Serves them right” because of the exorbitant prices

  3. Victor Molokwu says:

    Expecting them to negotiate or hit the courts..

  4. Tee says:

    well, the company is worth over $500 billion, it wont faze them too much [IF] they eventually pay

  5. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, BIG COMPANIES HAVE A WAY OF PLAYING SOME DIRTY UNDERGROUND GAMES. APPLE AMD GOOGLE ARE ALWAYS CULPABLE OF THESE KIND OF TRASH. THEY WILL SURELY NEGOTIATE AND OR GO TO COURT…

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